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posted Jul 7, 2012, 10:56 PM by jj pionke
The dirt is red.  I've been kind of fascinated by dirt on this trip as it is a quick and easy way to remind one's self that you aren't anywhere near anything that resembles home.  The dirt in Bangkok was this ugly brown/yellow color.  KL seemed to have more brownish red dirt and Singapore was more of an orange red.  Here, the dirt is red red.

Red Dirt

This is a fairly good representation, though I took the picture on an overcast day so it's not as glaring as usual.  These are some bushes on the back steps of NARO.  The archives is actually housed with the agricultural administration.  In fact, if you told a taxi or boda boda driver to pick you up at the archives, they would just kind of stare at you.  However, if you said NARO, they would know where to go.  The really does need to do a publicity campaign to let people know it exists though as one of my UM colleagues stated, if there were a sign for the archives, it probably would have been destroyed, but the fact that there is a sign that says staff toilets, is what saves the archives from notice. Alas, she is probably right.  History is a touchy thing, especially when you think about the hell that Uganda, as a country, has been through.  That said, these archives are in "good" shape.  It could be much worse, like those in South Sudan.  That said, the red dirt and dust get into everything.  It's all over my clothes, even after washing them, on me, in my eyes, all over the laptop, etc.  I now completely understand what one of last year's team members was saying about the dust.

There's a lot of greenery here including palm trees.  Uganda exports coffee and rice among other things.  Singapore had a lot of greenery, but it was mandated by building codes.  It was clear that Bangkok and KL didn't have those same codes because there was so little greenery.  Here there isn't much development.  There are no skyscrapers or even very tall buildings.  I might be in one of the tallest at 3 stories, here in Entebbe.  Keeping that in mind then, the largest things here are trees.  Here is the one in back of NARO.  There is another tree on my walk that is really quite spectacular and I'll take a picture of it for you all sometime this week.

Trees behind NARO